Good Ol’ Girls Happy Hours – Building an Empowering Network

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Did you know that Good Ol’ Girls puts on monthly happy hours? We do this for a number of reasons – to provide a relaxing space to just hang out, a chance for women to drop in and connect with fellow members and friends, and an opportunity to network in a less formal setting. Often, we think of networking as something to do around a transition in your professional life, when graduating or seeking out a new job. But networking can be helpful in a variety of other ways too. Good Ol’ Girls Communications Director Jelena Hasbrouck sees networking as a step to building a group of professional thought partners. “It’s so helpful to have a network I can go to beyond just finding a new job. If I’m hitting a wall on a project or want to infuse my own brainstorming with new ideas, I can reach out to other women I’ve met at happy hours that I know do similar work and pick their brains.”

Carrie Rich, Co-Founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund, has also talked about the power of informal networking. “Networking can come from anywhere!” Rich says, “I don’t need to be in a professional setting to network and meet new people who will enrich my life and career and vice versa.” Read more about her approach here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carrie-rich/the-power-of-informal-net_b_5412752.html

And for those of us who like the idea of building an empowering network but don’t enjoy small talk, Allison Graham has tips in her piece “Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room” http://www.fastcompany.com/1843752/hate-small-talk-these-5-questions-will-help-you-work-any-room

So drop on by one of our happy hours and connect with other progressive women in a low-key environment. Good Ol’ Girls happy hours are transit accessible, switch off between San Francisco and Oakland and are always open, so bring fellow members, friends, someone you chat with on BART, etc!

Our next happy hour is Thursday February 26th, at Farmer Brown in San Francisco – home of great cocktails and mocktails, with happy hour specials like $2 off seasonal cocktails! Drop by anytime between 5:30pm and 7:30pm and look for the Good Ol’ Girls buttons on board members to spot us! More info here: http://members.goodolgirls.org/event-1869857

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Good Ol’ Girls Ferguson Salon

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The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have brought the issues of police brutality, racial profiling and the right to protest into the national spotlight. With the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the death of Mike Brown, many of us are struggling. How do we discuss police practices in a way that moves the conversation forward? How do we have compassion for the fact that some cops are good, and those cops want practices that protect them? How do we continue to work for progress in the wake of such devastating events?

Join Good Ol’ Girls as we come together to grapple with these questions and discuss the historical context and events of Ferguson. This Salon will be an open discussion grounded by the following articles:

Mike Brown’s shooting and Jim Crow lynchings have too much in common. It’s time for America to own up: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/25/mike-brown-shooting-jim-crow-lynchings-in-common

Why Darren Wilson wasn’t charged for killing Michael Brown: http://www.vox.com/2014/11/24/7175967/darren-wilson-charges-michael-brown-ferguson

10 ways you can help the people of Ferguson, Missouri: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/how-to-help-ferguson_n_5688541.html

Our goal here is to use these articles as a basis for our conversation, but please don’t let not finishing them deter you from attending.

This event is space limited, so it will be for Good Ol’ Girls Members plus 1 guest. Please RSVP by emailing events@goodolgirls.org

Salon Details:
When: Thursday, December 11th at 6pm
Where: Samovar Tea Lounge, Yerba Buena Location (730 Howard St. San Francisco)
http://www.samovartea.com/locations/yerba-buena-gardens/
Questions and RSVP: events@goodolgirls.org

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Join Good Ol’ Girls to Celebrate the Holidays!

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The end of the year is fast approaching! Join us to celebrate the holiday season and end of another great year.

We’ll be taking over the back room at the Raven Bar in San Francisco from 6-8pm. Join us to sip on a cocktail, enjoy holiday-themed refreshments, and mingle with other Bay Area progressives.

So come on out and treat yourself to a night of conversation, celebration and relaxation!

This event is open to all members as well as guests (men & women), so feel free to bring friends! Please RSVP so we can make sure we have enough refreshments for all to enjoy.

Details:

Wednesday Dec 3, 6-8 pm
Raven Bar: 1151 Folsom St. SF 94103

RSVP HERE

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Film Screening! Join us for seeking asian female!

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film photo 2 Good Ol’ Girls is extremely excited to host a screening of seeking asian female this November. This award-winning film by local San Francisco director Debbie Lum has been called “mesmerizing” by the Wall Street Journal and “an absolutely extraordinary documentary” by the Austin Indie Film Examiner. Join us for a special screening of seeking asian female on Wednesday, November 12th in San Francisco. Tickets include a pre-film Mix & Mingle reception and a post-film Q&A with director Debbie Lum.

About the film:
seeking asian female is an eccentric modern love story about Steven and Sandy, an aging white man with “yellow fever” who is obsessed with marrying any Asian woman, and the young Chinese bride he finds online. Debbie, a Chinese American filmmaker, documents and narrates with skepticism and humor, from the early stages of Steven’s search, through the moment Sandy steps foot in America for the first time, to a year into their precarious union. Global migration, Sino-American relations and the perennial battle of the sexes, weigh in on the fate of their marriage in this intensely captivating personal documentary.

Join us Wednesday, November 12th at the Little Roxie (view map).

6-7pm: Mix & Mingle w/light snacks & refreshments
7pm: Film Screening
8:20pm: Q&A w/Director Debbie Lum

This event is $14 for Good Ol’ Girls members and non-members alike. Purchase tickets online from the Roxy Box Office.

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